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H&S Fast Facts

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  • H&S awards almost two-thirds of Stanford’s undergraduate degrees. All students have contact with the school at some point during their undergraduate career.
  • Almost half of American undergraduates in H&S are students of color.
  • Three Stanford physicists won the Nobel Prize in Physics consecutively in 1996, 1997 and 1998. A fourth physicist, based at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, launched this unprecedented run in 1995.
  • Three Stanford professors in a row also won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2012, 2013, and 2014.
  • In 2014, H&S enrolled 2,400 graduate students. About 32 percent of them are from outside the United States.
  • In the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings of graduate programs, six Stanford departments in H&S are ranked first or second in the nation.
  • Since Stanford’s Language Center opened in 1995, enrollment has jumped significantly. More than 2,000 students each quarter enroll in a language, many in advanced second-year courses. Top choices are Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and French. Since 2000, enrollment in Arabic and Portuguese has increased by 63 percent.
  • H&S includes 94 faculty who are members of the National Academy of Sciences and/or the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
  • Ten out of 12 Stanford alumni serving in the U.S. Congress earned degrees from departments in H&S.
  • The official H&S shield looks medieval but dates only to 1967. That’s the year President Wallace Sterling decided Commencement needed a touch of pageantry and commissioned shields for each school.